Charges filed in deadly Central Texas street-racing crash

Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez. (Jail photo)
Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Dec. 18, 2017 at 9:15 AM CST
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A Fort Hood soldier was charged Wednesday with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death in connection with what evidently was a street-racing crash in Killeen that claimed the life of another soldier whose speeding car veered off a road and slammed into a house.

Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, a Fort Hood staff sergeant, turned himself in just after 5 a.m. Tuesday after he was named in a warrant charging failure to stop and provide information.

He was in the Killeen City Jail Wednesday.

Bond has not yet been set.

Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, of Fort Stewart, Ga., died in the crash at around 11:40 p.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of Barbed Wire.

His Dodge Challenger, which was southbound on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed, left the road on a curve, hit a curb, veered into a front yard, struck a tree and then slammed into the house.

The green Challenger, with "The Punisher" painted on the side, ended up partially inside the house.

The homeowner said he was asleep in his bedroom and his wife was in the family room at the time.

No one inside of the home was injured.

Witness reports indicated that Strongheart was racing another driver who fled, but police have not yet confirmed that.